Pakistan Institute of Development Economics


Internet and economic growth

Publication Year : 2021
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IN 2017, Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg published a manifesto about the future, where he argued that connecting everyone to the internet is necessary for building an informed community. His thoughts echo those of many others who have argued that access to the internet is necessary for solving the most pressing socioeconomic problems of our times.

Originally a DARPA (Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency) project to improve communication systems for the American forces, the internet is now an integral part of our lives. From landline phones, that could take substantial time to connect, to the net — everything now just a click away. Still, many people around the globe either don’t have access to it or access is uneven, slow and cumbersome.

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